Originally Published: January 2, 2008 8:21 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Swing into 2008 at the Elks Opera House with Steve Annibale and other popular local musicians.
Steve Annibale and The Arizona Swing Machine perform each Friday night at the Elks from Jan. 11 through Feb. 8.
Vocalist and trumpeter Annibale leads drummer and vocalist Clyde Score, pianist Matt Jackson, guitarist and pianist Jack Peterson, vocalist Janna Bradshaw, A.J. Siniaho on trumpet, trombone and keyboards, and Denny Garr on bass through a night of swing and popular songs of the swing era.
"It's primarily swing music - a lot of fun, upbeat things. It's a fun, family-oriented show," Annibale said.
Annibale mentioned music from Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Frank Sinatra and contemporary artists like Nora Jones and Diana Krall as the type of selections the group will play, along with a few Latin numbers.
"We try to get the audience involved. There are some fun little activities as well," he said.
Annibale said he put the show together at the request of Elks manager Joe Place, debuting the show this past September.
"I thought about what I could do and decided to put together a swing show. It went over well, everyone liked it, and I thought we should continue it," he added.
The show will have a designated area for dancers, he said.
A fixture in the local arts scene, Annibale, 40, has appeared in almost every local event or production calling for jazz-level performance, including the Prescott Fine Arts Association production of "Chicago" and the seasonal Arizona Revue show at the Elks.
"I practically live at the Elks," he said.
Bradshaw studied music at Yavapai College and has performed around Arizona and Laughlin, Nevada, and is a regular with The Arizona Revue.
Also a frequent performer with "The Arizona Revue," Clyde Score spent nine years touring with the rock and roll show band The Gringos, performing in locales like the Fontainebleau in Miami, the Playboy Club in Los Angeles, the Crater Festival in Honolulu and Club 58 in Switzerland.
Currently the director of the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Band and member of the Jackson-Jones Trio, Jackson composes combo arrangements, big band charts and dance scores and has appeared at the Prescott Jazz Summit, the Chandler Jazz Festival and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks.
Siniaho has taught and performed around the United States, and played at events including the Monterey Blues Festival. He has performed on many recordings and has written and arranged for commercials.
Currently a member of the Hassayampa Jazz Trio, Denny Garr has performed throughout the Midwest with The Dick Jurgens Big Band, the Jan Garber Orchestra, the Central Wisconsin and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras, and for musicals.
Petersen has "too many credits to his name to even begin to mention," Annibale said.
"I have called upon some great talent to help me along with this endeavor, but more than that, they are great friends," he wrote in a blog.
Tickets for Steve Annibale and The Arizona Swing Machine are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
Tickets are available at the Elks box office and at www.elksoperahouse.com.